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Rapid DNA test quickly identifies victims of mass casualty event

from Wiley via PhysOrg

To quickly identify victims of the 2018 Camp Fire, the deadliest wildfire in California's history, researchers used a technique called Rapid DNA Identification that can provide results within hours, compared with months to years required of conventional DNA analysis. As reported in the Journal of Forensic Sciences, Rapid DNA Identification was used in a rented recreational vehicle outside the Sacramento morgue. Sixty-nine sets of remains were assessed, and of these, 62 generated DNA profiles that were screened against 255 family reference samples. In total, 58 victims were identified using Rapid DNA. more


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